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ORANGUTAN AWARENESS WEEK!!

ORANGUTAN AWARENESS WEEK!

We’re celebrating Orangutans this week! Come learn more about these amazing apes with us! Be sure to sport some orange this week and let them know you support orangutans!

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  • Orangutans are the largest fruit eating ape on earth.
  • They are arboreal.
  • There are two species of orangutans- Bornean and Sumantran, both of which are found in Indonesia.
  • Orangutans are excellent climbers.
  • Orangutans are intelligent.
  • Offspring stay with their mothers for around 8 years.
  • Orangutans are generally solitary.
  • Both species are critically endangered- mainly due to habitat loss.
  • Orangutans can live up to 50 years.
  • Orangutans have long arms- up to 8 feet in males.
Durian fruit is just one of foods that orangutans like to eat! Durian fruit is SUPER STINKY!

Durian fruit is just one of foods that orangutans like to eat! Durian fruit is SUPER STINKY!

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Unfortunately orangutans are losing their homes to palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in products of all kinds from lotions, to shampoos to food products. There are several groups and zoos that are working to make sure that the palm oil that we use is sustainable. They work with companies so that they are not using products that destroy the orangutan homes. You can read more about it on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s website. Learn how you can help these amazing and wonderful apes!

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WORLD ORANGUTAN DAY!!

WORLD ORANGUTAN DAY!

We’re celebrating one of our favorite great apes today! These magnificent beauties are intelligent, amazing and closely related to humans! They have one of the longest periods of child rearing in the animal kingdom, because learning to be an orangutan takes time. Unfortunately they are endangered, but we can help! Let’s learn some fun facts and then see how we all can protect these great apes!

orangutanORANGUTAN FUN FACTS:

  • There are two species of orangutans, Bornean and Sumantran.
  • The name Orangutan means man of the forest.
  • Orangutans are arboreal. They spend most of their lives in the trees.
  • They are mostly solitary.
  • Baby orangutans stay with their moms for 8-10  years.
  • Orangutans are extremely intelligent.
  • They have culture. They share their patterns and behavior with their offspring and others.
  • An adult male orangutan has an arm span of about 7 feet.
  • Orangutans are frugivores.
  • Orangutans build nests in the trees each night.
  • Adult male orangutans develop large cheek pads and throat pouches.

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We love those faces. Orangutans are losing their precious forest homes due to palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in many products and food. It is very hard to avoid totally. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a wonderful resource for consumers to use. They have a list of products that use palm oil that is produced in a sustainable manner and is not taking over orangutans homes. This resource is a great tool to help orangs! Visiting your local zoo and learning more about these apes is a great way to help! Our local zoo, Zoo Atlanta does some fantastic research with orangutans. They are learning to use computers!

Check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo website. They even have a nifty app you can take with you when you are shopping!

Learn more about Zoo Atlanta’s Orangutan Learning Tree Project! They are doing some amazing work! We’ll be participating in the Redhead Run here in Atlanta to support orangutans too!

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ORANGUTAN AWARENESS DAY!

ORANGUTAN AWARENESS DAY!

We are sporting orange today and going to the rainforests of Southeast Asia to celebrate one of the most special mammals and great apes on the planet! These amazing apes are gorgeous, intelligent and unfortunately endangered. So today we are going to share some fun facts, photos and resources and how you can help protect these special creatures!

 

  • Orangutans are great apes.
  • There are two species, the Bornean and the Sumantran.
  • Orangutans are solitary in the wild.
  • Orangutans are arboreal (spend most of their lives in trees.)
  • They are frugivores.
  • Orangutans are highly intelligent.
  • Baby orangutans stay with their mothers for around 8 years, the longest of any primate.
  • Orangutans have extremely long arm spans, up to 7 feet from finger tips to finger tips.
  • Orangutans’ feet are built just like hands and help them climb in the trees.

There are several organizations that are working very hard to ensure that orangutans have a future in the wild. Their rainforest home is rapidly disappearing mainly due to palm oil plantations. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of the leading institutions working to solve this issue. Check out their website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY!

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY!

 Today is a day to celebrate the Endangered Species Act here in America! It was enacted in 1973 and was set up to protect animal and plant species! There are also two international organizations that work to protect animals, CITES and IUCN.

We’re celebrating Endangered Species Day, by picking a few organizations that are working to save endangered animals!

 

First up: The San Diego Global Wildlife Conservancy. They work in the wild and with the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park to actively protect wildlife. They’ve even reintroduced more than 30 species back into the wild! Our pal on twitter @ZooKeeperRick shared this video with us all about their efforts! They’ve had success with iguanas, pandas and California condors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up: Is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The staff and volunteers at the center work hard to rehabilitate and reintroduce all species of sea turtles! They have a hospital and education center. They also keep track of all the sea turtle nests each season on the Georgia coast! Check out our post on when we visited!

 

 

Last up: The Kakapo Parrot! These critically endangered parrots are the largest of all parrots! They are also flightless, which is one reason they have declined in the wild. These amazing birds live in New Zealand, where rescue organizations are working very hard to save them! Check out the Kakapo Recovery website!

 

The National Wildlife Federation has a great page with more success stories!

 

We all can work to help endangered species all around the world, even with small steps! A huge problem is habitat loss for many animals. One way to combat this is by recycling glass, paper, plastic & aluminum. You can find a local recycling center near you- here! You can also help endangered animals by educating yourself and joining organizations like the National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund or the Nature Conservancy.  You can also pay a visit to your local zoo, aquarium or nature center; often they are helping support animals in the wild and in their facilities with research and education! And one last thing you can do is to share your love of animals and wild places with others! Often your passion will spark that in other people! We’re going to leave you today with some adorable photos of some endangered species and hopefully they will inspire you to act!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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